US Navy to Develop SM-6 Block IB

US Navy to Develop SM-6 Block IB

On March 18, the U.S. Navy released its FY2020 budget proposal which indicated plans to develop an upgraded Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) variant, identified as the SM-6 Block IB. The missile…

Japanese Aegis Destroyers to Carry SM-6

Japanese Aegis Destroyers to Carry SM-6

Reports indicate that Japan’s Navy will outfit at least two of its Maya-class destroyers with SM-6 missiles, furthering Japan’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) initiative. Launched on July 30, JS…

Aegis BMD Successfully Intercepts MRBM Target

Aegis BMD Successfully Intercepts MRBM Target

On August 29, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy conducted a successful Aegis BMD test with the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) guided missile. Aegis BMD detected, tracked, and intercepted…

Navy Completes Final SM-6 IA Land Test

Navy Completes Final SM-6 IA Land Test

On June 7, the U.S. Navy completed the final land-launched flight test of its surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 Block IA (SM-6 Blk IA) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The…

The Future of Missile Defense in the Asia Pacific

The Future of Missile Defense in the Asia Pacific

Missile threats facing both the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific are increasing in complexity, number, and source. In response, the Trump administration is using missile defenses to boost military capability and signal resolve, as indicated by the deployment of THAAD to South Korea…

SM-6 Variant Tested

SM-6 Variant Tested

Between April 6 and April 13, the U.S. Navy successfully tested four Standard Missile 6 Block 1 (SM-6 Blk 1) interceptors outfitted with the most recent hardware and software packages,…

MDA Tests SM-6 Interceptor

The Missile Defense Agency launched a pair of SM-6 Dual I interceptors during a December 14 test, destroying a medium-range ballistic missile.  The SM-6 uses an explosive warhead to destroy incoming…